On the weekend I visited my local video store, Leading Edge Dapto. I couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic. Memories came flooding back from the good old days.
Growing up in the 80’s/90’s meant enjoying the small things in life. Getting excited about our little adventure to our local video store.
The thrill we would get in pursuit of the new release. You had to place your name on the waiting list and sit by your home phone for them to call you to tell you it’s yours. Mind you, the wait for the latest release could sometimes take up to 7 days.
I still remember the hype, the excitement. I would hop on to the back of my brother’s bike, he would double me on his bike pegs and it was game on. We would rush down to the local video store and hire the latest release that we have been waiting for all week. We would then look around for another 2 movies (that was the going deal back then, one new release and two three day hires for $7.99).
Next door to the video store was our favourite milk bar, called Skippies. We would get $2 worth of hot chips, which was a huge serving and would come wrapped in newspaper. We would tear the top of the newspaper and create a little hole, enough for our little fingers to fit through and eat the hot chips on the way home.
My nostalgia has brought a tear to my eye but a smile to my face. It has inspired me to take some shots at my local video store so I can look back and hold onto this beautiful memory.
Light and shadow can enrich a photograph in so many ways. If used the right way, it can strengthen the photo by adding a sense of balance, contrast or dimensionality to the composition. It's light and shadow together that creates a mood and makes a great photograph.
What are your favourite things to photograph, besides your own children? I am fascinated by the beauty of the ocean. I absolutely love the beach, it's my happy place. It's bright, vibrant and full of texture. That tranquil feeling I get by simply thinking about the beach puts a smile on my face and brings me joy. I am grateful to live in Wollongong, surrounded by so many lovely beaches to shoot at.
Here are some of my favourite photos that bring me inspiration.
Meet handsome newborn little man Vincent J Knust aka Vinnie. It was such a pleasure to photograph this cute little bundle of joy so his family can cherish and remember his first weeks as a newborn. We need to cherish these moment and snuggles, they grow up fast. Congrats Jason and Sonia xoxo